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March 19, 2018 | by  | in Opinion SWAT |
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I was terrified of the Hub when I came to uni in 2016. The place always seemed filled to the brim with students: laughing students, smiling students, chatting students, basically an enormously loud display of people who had already made connections and looked as though they were simply among family. It felt like I was the only one who had not already found twenty best friends.

One thing kept me going in those first two weeks – goals. I told myself that I wanted to make at least one friend in every course I was in, and that I needed to try at least a few clubs. I came out of the trimester with four solid new friendships (shout-out to Preya, Megan, Van and Alex!). All of them have played a vital role in my enjoyment of university, and all of them are people I would not have met if I had not smiled and said hi. The goal wasn’t there to make me stress out for not reaching an arbitrary number, but rather it was simply meant to be something that would prompt me to talk to new people.

I sat next to someone for an entire trimester before we eventually became friends a year later for unrelated reasons. I wish I could have talked to her sooner, I always think.  This speaks to the importance of connections; the goal is not to make a hundred friends, it’s just to make a friend. University is a big place and I guarantee that there are dozens of people out there who you could connect with.

So to students new and old, I encourage all of us to form new connections. You never know when the person who’s always on your designated Vic Books table is actually a future best friend. You never know when the person who sits next to you in a lecture could actually be a source of comradeship throughout your university life. You never know, until you talk.

Don’t be intimidated by the Hub’s constant friendly chatter. Just be a friendly face to the person next to you and see where these early connections will take you.

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